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I managed to get a Chemical Bank Bankamericard in 1973 (I was 21 years old), and a Manufacturers Hanover Trust Mastercharge about 10 months later (getting your first major credit card in those days was a monumental task: the bank had to "take a chance" on you). Well, 41 years later, those two banks have long since closed, each Visa and MC account have gone from one bank to another, and another, and finally, they both wound up being owned by Chase. They issued me TWO Freedom accounts for the Visa and MC, which I maintain even today (preferred interest rate, very high credit limits, etc.). But to answer your question: both cards have the original issue years (1973 and 1974) imprinted on them, and Chase considers me a 40 year plus customer. Keep your relationship with the same bank and upgrade through them (as long as you keep your account in good order), and they'll treat you right.